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So You Think You Can Dance Episode Recap and My Take – Season 6, Audition 1 (Los Angeles)
Very slick that they accompanied the fact this season is starting in
the Fall with clips of past auditions where people fell. Also, Cat seems to be losing her voice and I like
her much better that way! Not that I dislike
her, but at some point last season she began to grate on my nerves, I cannot
completely articulate why.
I decided to do my overview in categories instead of chronologically so it is easier to see who made it and what I thought of them so I can refer back
later…and you can too if you want to.
Also, this season they appear to have shown a LOT less of the auditions,
at least so far. Normally 2 days in L.A.
would have been 2 hours if I remember correctly. It just felt like we saw a lot less, not that
I mind a lot less scariness!! Also, as
usual, I didn’t add much of the personal tidbits they shared…sorry, just not my
thing, I focus on the dancing.
The guest judge for Los Angeles was Adam Shankman.
Straight Through to Vegas
Molly Gray (Contemporary) – She
is from Utah. She was a principal dancer
in all 3 of the HSM movies. Her family
moved to LA and struggles so she can dance.
She crammed in a bit more than I would like, I sensed nervousness. She reminds me of a cross between Caitlyn and
Jeanine. The judges love her, Adam said “She
is so this show” while she was dancing.
Nigel encouraged her to be sure she connects with the audience and that
her personality shows through.
Ryan Kasprzak (Tap) – Evan
from last season’s brother. We all know
he makes it to Vegas because they showed it during Season 5. He did a great spoken word tap piece. (Normally no music and him talking here and
there would scare me—see the first guy ander SCARY below—but he sells it big
time.) Adam drooled on him
essentially. Adam and Nigel thought it
was one of the best auditions ever.
Nigel also commented that he has grown as a person. I agree, he seemed to have way more
confidence than before. Frankly, I find
him cute…is he single? Yes, I have a
Bianca Revels (Tap) – After
being eliminated during Vegas week last season she said she wasn’t going to
come back. They had her take on Ryan in
a tap battle. She threw in some great
flare. Awesome awesomeness!! I was pissed off at her and her attitude when
she got eliminated in Vegas last season, but she won me back, I hope her new
Amber Williams (Contemporary)
– She is from Yucaipa and her mother is paralyzed from the waist down and she
helps take care of her. There was
something very raw about her dancing; and something awkward too, but in a good
contemporary dance way. I really liked
her a lot, she felt connected to her performance. Nigel also talked to her about making a
connection to the audience. They all
really liked her a lot.
Christina Santana (Salsa) – She
performed with her partner who was not auditioning. They incorporated some hip-hop type moves and
I understand why, but it felt awkward.
They definitely did some cool tricks, the rest was good but not as good
as Janette! She was still good
though. Nigel was upset the partner was
not interested in being on the show. She
apparently also does ballet, jazz and belly dancing.
Phillip Attmore (Tap) – Yet
another tapper. He was roomies with Ryan
Kasprzak on tour with Fosse. He is really good and has a lot of
personality. He seems so at ease and
joyous when he is dancing. I really
liked him. His smile could brighten up
an entire theatre. The judges agreed,
loved him like me. Nigel said he thinks
this is the year for tap to really succeed.
(I sense a tap battle at least at some point during the season, like
they did Season 4 with poppers Robert Muraine and Phillip Chbeeb.)
There were 5 dancers they showed brief clips of their routines who made
it straight through, they were David Hovhannisyan, Amanda Kirby, Brandon Dumlau, Alexi eAgdeppa, and Paula van Oppen (I loved her, I wish they had shown her entire
piece, she reminded me a bit of Katie Shean from Season 4).
Through to Vegas after Choreography
The choreography round this season for auditions is some sort of
ballroom with Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis from Season 3. Nine dancers from Day 1 and ten dancers from
Day 2 got tickets to Vegas after the choreography round.
Some serious scary was going on per usual, thankfully only two got
shown in their entirety. They also
showed some bits from others.
Cole Clemmons – He says he thinks it is important to be different...this
became frighteningly apparent. It was a
strange spoken word vogueing montage sort of thing. Not even dancing, awkward Performance
Art. Silence in the audience.
Christopher Aguilar – This dude talks the talk that usually means
SCARY. He wants to make a movie called Drum
Song that he will star in, reminiscent of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. He started with a flip where he landed on his
knees and it looked painful. He then caused
me great pain attempting to do a Fosse type Broadway routine to All That
Jazz. Just AWFUL! No excuse for it. I think they were very kind in saying he
needs more strength and training. I
think he needed more of a wake-up call!
Sadly, I see this guy coming back season after season.